FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 8, 2020
Contact: Ashley Durkin-Rixey
ACT | The App Associationarixey@actonline.org
CHI Urges ONC to Enforce Data Sharing Rules as Soon as Practicable Following COVID-19 Crisis
(WASHINGTON, DC) April 8, 2020– Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding possible delays of new data sharing rules from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC):
“We understand and support a possible delay to these rules by HHS’ ONC to reduce compliance burdens on already taxed medical providers as they address the COVID-19 crisis. However, the delay should be limited to the duration of the crisis only.
“The current pandemic illustrates the need for information sharing among patients, providers, and public health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While we appreciate the unique nature of the current public health crisis, adopting these rules as soon as possible will save lives during the next public health crisis.”
About CHI: The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) is the nation’s leading consortium of health technology innovators, policy experts and patient advocates. Together, we advance solutions that enable providers and patients to achieve better health outcomes, reduce health costs and foster the adoption of transformative technology throughout the healthcare system.